The small city of Charlottesville, Virginia, was forced to declare a state of emergency over the weekend as a rally by white nationalists quickly spun out of control. At Emancipation Park, where the Unite the Right rally was held at the base of a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee, which the city plans on removing, thousands of far right protesters were met by thousands of counter protesters.
On Saturday afternoon, counter protester Heather Heyer was killed when James Alex Fields Jr., who CNN reports is currently in custody in Virginia in connection with the crash, allegedly drove his car into a crowd of people. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the attack met the Department of Justice's definition of domestic terrorism.
Politicians like Senator Ted Cruz took to Twitter to condemn the "hatred and racism" of groups like "the Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists." While Ivanka Trump said that there was "no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis." President Donald Trump, however, was largely condemned for not calling the groups out by name. On Saturday, Trump said "many sides" were to blame for the violence. Following bipartisan outrage, an official White House statement later called out specific groups.